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The Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has weighed in on Prince Andrew’s decision to request a trial by jury in his battle against sex abuse claims made by Virginia Giuffre. The Clarkson’s Farm star has predicted that the Duke of York could “make a fool of our Queen” following his disastrous 2019 interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight, during which he attempted to convince the British people of his innocence while being embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Sharing his views on the matter in his latest column, Jeremy declared that even if Andrew is innocent, he will “make a hash of it” when he appears in court.
The star penned: “If he’s innocent, he will feel aggrieved and angry and will want to stand there in court, telling everyone who’ll listen.
“But he’s Andrew. He has the PR skills of a wasp and the intelligence of a dishwasher. I fear therefore he will make a hash of it.”
Jeremy went on to share his overriding fears for the Royal Family, if Andrew does indeed “make a massive fool of himself”.
He continued to The Sun: “I don’t really mind that he’s on course to make a massive fool of himself.
“But when he does this, he will also make a fool of the Royal Family, which is annoying.
“Because then there will be calls to replace them with a presidency.
“And look how well that idea worked out for the Americans.”
Jeremy then took a swipe at former President Donald Trump, 75, and the current leader of the free world, Joe Biden, 79.
He added: “Who, last time around, were given the choice of a narcissist with nylon hair and a man who, in every way that mattered, was dead.”
Prince Andrew has consistently denied all of the allegations made against him.
It comes after court documents from New York show the royal “hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the complaint”.
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The momentous declaration marks the first time Andrew, 62, has promised to fight against the case in court.
The Duke was recently stripped of his royal titles by the Queen in the wake of the scandal.
As a result, he won’t be able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ and will enter into the US lawsuit as a “private citizen”.
Virginia Giuffre has accused Andrew of forcing her to sleep with him over 20 years ago at the home of convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre alleged in court documents she was procured by former socialite Maxwell as a teenage “sex slave” for the late Epstein, who died in prison.
Lawyers for Andrew responded to Ms Giuffre’s allegations in an 11 page document.
It states the Duke denies allegations that he sexually abused Ms Giuffre when she was under 18.
The document, however, does admit his links to paedophile Epstein and convicted sex trafficker Maxwell.
It also sets out a series of defences “without assuming the burden of proof, and expressly denying any and all wrongdoing”.
The document, submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, concludes: “Prince Andrew hereby demands a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted in the Complaint.”
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